Two Nevada Congressional Representatives are going to propose that online gambling can be regulated by the U.S. government, and instead of outlawing online gambling, the U.S. should be embracing it. Shelley Berkley and Jon Porter are slyly not asking for outright endorsing internet gambling, not yet, but only that Congress initiate an 18-month study of online gaming to figure out how it could be regulated by the U.S. The study would be conducted by the National Research Council, a relatively independent agency.
The proposal avoids making anyone look bad for the passing of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act last year. The Act essentially makes it illegal for companies to transfer money on the behalf of an American individual for the purposes of internet gambling. The study is at its core, a call to repeal the (UIGEA).
The proposal also cleverly avoids asking the obvious question: what is wrong with internet gambling anyway? What makes internet gambling all that much worse than vacationing in Vegas and spending three straight days at the craps table?
You could argue that internet gambling has even less controls in place to manage the behavior of gamblers who can’t manage themselves. There is no “eye in the sky” looking over your shoulder while you play, and the instantaneity of the internet makes money transfers, from bank accounts and credit lines alike, way too easily accessible. In the casino, at least, it requires a walk to the ATM, or it requires that you already established a credit line with the casino before you ran out of money. There is even the walk of shame when you take a cash advance over your ATM withdrawal limit at a 240% interest rate. In order to get the money, you have to walk up to the casino cage and leave a thumb print on the paperwork. It’s all very humiliating when coupled with the heated stares of the casino employees who know you have overspent your discretionary budget.
A argument for social betterment is nice, but no matter how often it comes up, looking out for the interests of society is rarely a motivator for anything the federal government does. More often, the motivation is money, which makes the study proposal all the more insightful by eventually given internet gaming opponents a financial justification for withdrawing their support for the UIGEA. If internet gambling can be regulated, then the U.S. government gets a piece of the financial pie, and the gains will far outshine any potential downside to problem gamblers who are feeding their addiction online.
Reported estimates have put the amount of American dollars invested in internet gaming at around $12 billion dollars annually. That figure right now primarily goes into the pocket of the internet casinos. But what gets regulated, gets taxed, and that is logic in a language that Congress understands.
What is it that makes online gambling websites good or bad? This will differ from person to person in some respects, but here are some key aspects you should look for in any online gambling websites.
We all want to deal with trustworthy companies and online it is hard to make that decision so easily. Some people think if a site looks professional then the site is reputable, I can go on to elance and get a professional looking site for $100… Mostly online gambling websites have to be pussy888 reputable to survive, but let’s face it sometimes you don’t know a company is untrustworthy until you have a problem. The easiest way to check credibility of online gambling websites is to type their name into Google and go through a few pages of results and see what people say. Do not trust ANYONE who has a link to the site in their review as they are probably affiliates who make money off the site, but pay attention to the rest.
This joins into trust really, you need to go for large sites as the smaller online gambling websites just do not have the credibility – what if something goes wrong? What if they close up shop and take all your money? The best way to find big online gambling websites is to type ‘online casino’ or ‘online poker’ etc into Google. The results at the top are big players, it takes a lot of money and skill to get to those positions, that little backstreet casino website will not be able to compete with the big boys!
3. Offers freeplay option
Some people go to online gambling websites for fun and some go to make money (yes, you can if you play poker). Now if you go for fun you definitely want a site that allows you to use ‘play’ money so you can just have fun. However I only ever use sites that have a freeplay option even if I want to make money – this is because they will get far more people signing up, and because I can brush up on my skills at those tables for free, try new techniques etc.
4. Offers the games you want
Now this sounds almost ludicrous, but you would be surprised at the diversity of the games out there, and if you have a particular game in mind then it is best to find out exactly what your chosen online gambling websites offer before you sign up. One quick tip, if you want to play Texas Hold’em poker then you are much better off signing up to a dedicated poker site than using a casino type of site, as I found out the hard way!
So in conclusion then you if you follow these tips and only use large, trusted online gambling websites that offer exactly what you want, then you should have a much more fun and much less stressful time gambling online. Take heed of bad reviews online though, some casinos are so large now that they are not looking after their customers…